Eamonn McCann: Why Chagos Islanders should be hailed as heroes

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UN court finding may open the way for Chagos Islanders’ to return home

  • The Irish Times

In The Hague last month, the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration found that the United Kingdom’s declaration in 2010 of a Marine Protection Area around the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean was illegal.

The decision endorsed the claim of the government of Mauritius that the UK did not have jurisdiction to make rulings relating to the status of the area.

The finding marked, if not the end, at least, it is hoped, the beginning of the end of the…

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